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    Carcharodon

    Congratulations chaps, LED tech is vital cog in the wheel of modern life.

    Nakamura, who is now a naturalised U.S. citizen won fame in Japan after suing his employer for a greater share of the spoils of the LED prize. A court ruled he should be given 844 million yen (more than $8 million). His initial company bonus was only 20,000 yen.

    A 20,000 yen bonus? good grief that is a massive slap in the face! for being instrumental in developing tech that will make that company millions. I'm glad he sued and won and now has a Nobel prize as the cherry on top.

    A quick Google shows that company that insulted him with a pitance is called Nichia.

    Posted in: Failing was fun: Japan Nobel winner

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    Carcharodon

    typo; double negative -oops. " there is no way not at all Bianchi was to prepared to stop"

    Posted in: Horror footage of Bianchi Formula One crash emerges

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    Carcharodon

    Watching that video, it is incredible that he wasn't instantly killed. In that split second he would have tried to scrunch down as low as he could, which is the cramped cockpit, with a 6 point harness, HANS and headrest, is not much. Plenty of finger pointing going on, however ultimately and unfortunately it could be that Bianchi is where the blame ends up, he was going much too quickly under double yellow flags. This is an issue that drivers have faced for a long time and FIA have been rather lenient in enforcing. Double yellow means that drivers must slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary until now must drivers lifted off for a second maybe two just enough to show that they "slowed down" and didn't go faster in that timed sector than normal. Prepared to stop? there is no way at all that Bianchi wasn't prepared to stop, he was flying and got caught out. This accident may well be the catalyst for actually enforcing the rules on double yellows. The cars have a pit lane limiter button an the steering wheels (which is very strictly enforced), I have heard chatter that a "double yellow" button is one option on the cards

    I like it, it will reduce the need for safety cars as only one section of the track is artificially speed controlled not the entire field, on the whole track for 2-3 laps. Get passed the double yellow zone and then it's racing again.

    As for Bianchi, I fear that is the end of his career and even worse. i hope he can make a recovery.

    Posted in: Horror footage of Bianchi Formula One crash emerges

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    Carcharodon

    Haha , how dorky. Its hard to find gloves that fit, but using phablets one handed is no problem for those of us blessed with big mitts

    Posted in: Japanese firm has 'thumbs up' solution for bigger smartphones

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    Neither the article, nor anyone has gotten it right after 53 comments.It has nothing to do with aesthetics or practicality, it's all about the money. The cement industry is king in Japan and "friendly" with NTT, power companies and politicians. More cement and concrete is poured in Japan than the US ever year.

    I once had a chat with an enlightened and well connected Japanese chap and he told me in our area one company had the contract to make the utility poles. There is a lot of cement and rebar involved in making them, not quite like the tetrapod racket, but still a nice earner. This company was run by people with" questionable connections", ergo things were very unlikely to change.

    The civil constructions companies have their hands filled with highways, bridges, by-passes, flood protection etc, so they don't really need the work of underground conduits; they are happy and the 'pole' industry is happy and keep their niche.

    (pure speculation now) What would be curious if lots of these big civil works projects substantially dry up and these companies start eying up underground utility conduits as their next earner. Maybe things would change if the right people exerted the right kind of pressure.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    Carcharodon

    ONE bug?? iOS 8 is a crash fest !

    yep, my work ipad is constant irritation since the upgrade, the biggest problem was the cloud storage app "Box" after the upgrade my 15 gigs offline files were "poof" gone. Oh they were still in the cloud by no longer in offline storage on the ipad, took a long time to get them back as offline files.

    Magazines in newsstand disappeared too. An education app I use regularly, lost functionality. Tapatalk keeps crashing. Some wifi passwords disappeared. It just works..sometimes.

    I was excited to get swype keyboard but its not as good as the android version as Apple limit the resources that the app can use so functionality of swype has been curtailed by apple restrictions on the app. Its not swype's fault the app has been hamstrung. Shame really.

    Posted in: Apple acknowledges bug in iPhone software, offers fix

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    Why people are always so jealous of Apple??

    Have you ever watched one of the Apple keynote presentations? (I watch to filter out what new tech apple has on offer) the smug, gloating unabashed doctrine that flows during those things is nauseating. Schlller, Cook et al, all taking plays out the Jobs playbook. and it rubs off on the Apple acolytes . When such smugness comes back to bite the people who do it, other naturally like to jump on it. Its like the arrogant ringleader kid at school who gets their comeuppance, others are more likely to enjoy some schadenfreude when it happens. Not jealous perse just calling them out on their grandiose hype.

    Posted in: Apple acknowledges bug in iPhone software, offers fix

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    most audacious response I saw on BBC

    But Chris Green, principal technology analyst at the advisory service Davies Murphy Group, thought that Apple should take a different tack. "This is not an issue that Apple - or other phone companies - need to be compelled to respond to or fix. If anything this is a reflection of how people have started to use devices beyond what they were designed for ," he said.bent iPhone "Even the most recent smartphones are not designed to be put in trouser pockets - front or back - where they are going to be under the most chassis strain. And this just illustrates the fact that the public's desire for manufacturers to strive for ever thinner and lighter devices means that we are getting ever more fragile devices. "Just casually sticking a £700 smartphone in your pocket is an increasingly reckless thing to do."

    Are you kidding me? seriously? ..seriously?? this clown "principal technology analyst" thinks putting a mobile phone in your pocket is reckless??? blimey.

    Get your man bag out fellas, your pocket is not the place for your phone anymore.

    Posted in: Complaints on 'bendy' iPhone, software bugs dog Apple

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    Carcharodon

    as Apple has never released anything on the 'turd' level.

    Insert smug Gene Wilder Willy Wonka meme here. Oh really? never? not the hockey puck mouse, the Pippin video game console, the Quicktake 200 digital camera, e world.

    Yes Apple has released some turds over the years, though the iphone 6 is not a turd, it looks pretty slick, great camera and powerful cpu, gpu chips. It (they) are pretty sweet, the problem is with iphones for some, is the severe restrictions placed by apple on the OS. The majority of people don't seem to care or don't know what they are missing on and Apple are quite happy about that and when they rake in 4 mil orders in a day, you have to tip your hat to any company that can create such demand for such a product. If Apple offered the same functionality as android, that would be a game changer, I'd probably consider getting one. Some apple geeks jailbreak and install cydia OS to get better functionality out of their devices, that is a risky option though.

    Posted in: Apple: Record 4 mil orders of iPhones on 1st day

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    That's tough for everyone. Its especially sad when its a kid who has yet to live their life. I do hope it wasn't distraction by mobile phone that caused her to fall off her bike.

    Similar scenario nearly happened to me recently, a group of elementary school soccer boys on bikes, riding/goofing not paying attention and one suddenly swerved right in front of me and half fell off his bike, luckily I had noticed them and recognized the potential danger and slowed down. Had I been going the speed limit, I would have hit him and you would have been reading it here.

    Narrow, streets lots of pedestrians and cyclists sharing the same crammed spaces. Tragedy lurks.

    Posted in: 13-year-old girl riding bike killed by truck

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    Carcharodon

    Hey, Nice Galaxy Note you have there Apple.

    Posted in: Apple unveils smartwatch and new, larger iPhones

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    Carcharodon

    Japanese fans AND WOWOW rejoice over Nishikori's U.S. Open semifinal win

    Wowow, which has exclusive rights to air the U.S. Open matches in Japan, told JRT that the phones at its subscription centers haven’t stopped ringing since Nishikori began advancing to the tournament’s final stages....“Compared with the same period last year, our subscription center has received 10 times more calls,”......The company didn’t disclose how many customers had signed up for the channel in recent weeks, but said the numbers began rising dramatically as Nishikori reached the round of 16..... the recent surge in subscribers is “record-breaking,” Shares of the company went up 11.2% at one point from Friday’s closing price on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday. “We are grateful, yes, this is all thanks to Mr. Nishikori,” wowow said.

    wowow hit the jackpot!, bet there are more than a few folk tomorrow who will get up early and channel surf in vain hope of finding this on free to air T.V......

    Posted in: Japanese fans rejoice over Nishikori's U.S. Open semifinal win

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    Awesome, he is in excellent form and has been playing some sublime tennis with just unbelievable finishing shots. Cilic just destroyed Federer, so we have the most surprising final in recent memory. Cilic too, is a hot form, going to be one hell of a final. Shame Tennis has been the domain of the overpriced WOWOW channel for so long and isn't mainstream in Japan, would be nice if this was catalyst for change. I'll be streaming the final tomorrow.

    Posted in: History-making Nishikori beats Djokovic to reach U.S. Open final

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    Carcharodon

    The noise! The second hand smoke! The crap pay! Why do they do it??

    and 20,000 lumens of retina scorching fluorescent tube lighting...... if I never enter a Pachinko parlour, it will be too soon

    Posted in: Pachinko parlor politeness

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    Carcharodon

    "TBS reported that a group of 20 individuals "

    a hunting party of 20?? when I go hunting back home, you can better believe there not are 20 of us roaming around. That is a recipe for disaster. 4 is getting too big, but 20?

    "A 68-year-old member of the party fired at what he thought was a deer"

    What he thought was a deer. That is quite flabbergasting. Positively identify your target, don't take a pot shot at what you think might be a deer. Never shoot at shape alone, never shoot at sound alone, never shoot at movement alone.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

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    Carcharodon

    I had a browse the Japanese sites are describing it as a 原付バイク - Gentsuki baiku which is a "Scooter" a 50cc, step-thru, a vespa, a moped. Minibike? I have never heard that term to describe a scooter - a mini bike is a miniature version of a full sized motorbike, often not street legal - though the "Honda Z" a.k.a the "Monkey", is a famous street legal mini bike.

    Post office ride full size delivery bikes.

    Odds are that this old lady like thousands of other middle aged and elderly ladies in Japan was on a 50cc scooter. The ones that follow the law and ride at the supposed maximum of 30kph are actually putting themselves in more danger than the ones who go flat out and try to go at the same speed of the traffic flow. Though in this case, stopped at the lights and ploughed over by this drunken idiot and dragged to her death? He is going for away for quite a while and R.I.P lady. Wrong place at the wrong time.

    Posted in: Minibike rider dies after hit by car, dragged for 1.3 kms

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    Carcharodon

    "sobbing" was the best adjective for this headline? not: bewailing, blubbering, wailing, or crocodile tears?

    Posted in: Sobbing politician resigns; faces charges for misuse of funds

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    Carcharodon

    yes, that is a pile of poo on their heads....

    Posted in: News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash

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    Carcharodon

    Was really hoping for a NEDvGER final but alas, it will have to be ARG who get thumped in the final. Brazils misery continues as the arch-enemy progress. Germany will have a lot of local support now, if you cant beat them, join them. Lets go Deutschland!

    Posted in: Argentina beat Netherlands in penalty shootout to reach World Cup final

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    Carcharodon

    Watching it live, he crashed twice today...the second time he called its quits. He was unable to even mount his bike. He hopped in the car and is done.

    Posted in: Tour de France champion Chris Froome hurts wrist

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